Oven Baked Jacket Potatoes

Delicious, very filling and inexpensive, jacket potatoes are one of my favorite foods and one of the potato recipes I cook quite often. I usually have them in restaurants, but I don’t shy away from cooking them at home, either. Baking the perfect jacket potatoes is not so much of a challenge. All you need is an oven, some tin foil, a fork and, of course, the potato. Other ingredients are optional, so you can make up your own recipe, as you’ll see in a moment. As of the cooking time, if you go for the microwave method, you can expect your meal to be ready in as little as 15 minutes. However, if you prefer the classic oven baking, that would take at least 90 minutes.

I like the jacket potatoes with cheese filling and with mayonnaise on top.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Take two medium-large potatoes. Wash and dry them. Prick them all over with a fork, then wrap them in tin foil. Bake them in the oven for 90 minutes.

Now you can either cut them open and add the fillings of your choice or you can go for the stuffed jacket, which means scooping the insides of the potatoes, mashing them with crumbled cheese and butter, then putting the filling back in jackets. You can also add small cubes of ham or bacon. Sprinkle cheese on top and return to the oven for two minutes more. Serve immediately. Stuffed jacket potatoes are awesome with a topping of mayonnaise or sour cream and with freshly ground pepper.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-large potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup cheese, grated or crumbled (choose your favorite cheese, all of them are as good)
  • 1/2 cup diced ham or bacon (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or mayonnaise
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Crispy Potato Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 7-8 medium size potatoes, grated
  • 2 onions, finely chopped or grated
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1-2 eggs, beaten (if you have large eggs, one is enough)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Preparation:
Peel and mince the garlic cloves. Peel and grate the onion. Peel the potatoes. Grate them. Squeeze the excess liquid from the grated potatoes with the help of your hands. As we are not going to use that liquid, you can just take handfuls of grated potatoes and squeeze them over the kitchen sink.

In a large bowl combine the grated potatoes with onion, garlic flour and beaten eggs. Add salt and pepper. Stir very well.

Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick pan. Form the potato mix into balls, then flatten them as much as you can, making sure they don’t fall apart. Cook the potato pancakes for about 5 minutes on each side. If they turn brown too quickly, lower the heat. When pancakes are cooked, remove them from the pan and drain them on paper towels.

Potato pancakes are best hot. If you prepare them in more than one-two batches, put the cooked ones in the warm oven until you’re done.

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Cheesy Potatoes

Cheesy potatoes are delicious. They make an excellent side dish for dinner. Even better, you can always enjoy the leftovers for next day’s breakfast.

Cheesy potatoes with ground pepper sprinkled on top

Cheesy potatoes with ground pepper sprinkled on top

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled, sliced
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder

Preparation:
Peel the potatoes. Slice them about 1/2 inch thick.

Grate the cheese over a bowl, then add two eggs and half cup of sour cream. Taste the cheese in order to see if you need to add salt to the food or not.

Preheat the oven at 400F. Oil a baking dish. Put one layer of potatoes in the dish, then pour the egg-cheese mixture over it. Arrange another layer of potato slices on top.

In a small bowl, beat the two remaining eggs, them add the other half cup of sour cream, the thyme and the curry powder. Pour this over the potatoes, covering all of them.

Bake the cheesy potatoes in the oven at medium heat for about 45 minutes. Try them with a fork or a toothpick. If it comes out clean, you’re done. If not, bake them for 10 more minutes, then try them again. This is how the crust should look like when ready:

Cheesy potatoes with a nice, brown crust

Cheesy potatoes with a nice, brown crust

Let the cheesy potatoes cool for about 5 minutes before cutting and serving them.

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